Two-thirds of the way up the west coast of Malaysia lies the state of Penang, along with the island that bears the same name. Formerly an important port involved in the spice trade, today this colourful and vibrant part of the country is a melting pot of cultures, where visitors can expect to find impressive architecture, great food and beautiful scenery. All of our Penang hotels and resorts lie close to the area's top attractions and you're sure to find accommodation to suit your needs.
Situated just a few miles off the coast of mainland Malaysia in the Straight of Malacca is Pulau Pinang, or Penang Island. First populated by the British in the late 18th century, it is now a popular tourism destination that attracts visitors keen to enjoy the great mix of cultures, sample the incredible food on offer and view the island's historic buildings.
The capital George Town has been classed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Be sure to find time to explore the remaining ornate Chinese temples and guildhalls, built by the island's merchants as a display of their wealth. Many regard the island as the food capital of Malaysia. You're guaranteed to eat well during your stay thanks to the incredible variety of sumptuous street food and fine dining on offer.
Once you've explored George Town's charming streets, markets and nightlife along Upper Penang Road and Chulia Street, head out of town to discover the rest of the island. Enjoy the tranquillity of Batu Ferringhi Beach, soak up the beauty of Penang National Park – where you might get the chance to see nesting turtles, and unwind at one of the island's wonderful beach resorts.
Cross one of the longest bridges in South East Asia to reach mainland Malaysia and the rest of the area that makes up the state of Penang. Formerly known as Province Wellesley, the region's major town is Butterworth, located just across the bridge from Penang Island.
A major attraction in this area is Butterworth Bird Park. Located within easy reach of the town's ferry terminal, this five-acre park is home to beautiful landscaping and gardens, along with more than 300 different species of birds, including parrots, hornbills and sunbirds. Also find time to visit the nearby Tow Boo Kong Temple, where breathtaking architecture and sculptures are on display.
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